Pakistan Says US Not Hunting Bin Laden On Its Turf

NEW YORK (AP) — Pakistan’s top diplomat says there are no U.S. or other foreign military personnel on the hunt for Osama bin Laden in his nation, and none will be allowed in to search for the al-Qaida leader.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told The Associated Press Saturday that his nation’s new government has ruled out permitting any such military operations, covert or otherwise, to catch militants.

In the interview, he said that “any foreign intrusion would be counterproductive,” and that it will create “an anti-U.S. feeling.”

The United States, increasingly frustrated as al-Qaida, the Taliban and other militants thrive in Pakistan’s remote areas and in neighboring Afghanistan, has offered U.S. troops to strike at terror networks.